4 p.m. – BaliPure vs Laoag
6:30 p.m. – Air Force vs Pocari
Air Force sets out for a repeat of its thriller of a comeback the first time out as it goes for a sweep of the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference crown against embattled Pocari Sweat tonight at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.
Joy Casas, May Ann Pantino and Jocemer Tapic stepped up and combined in a fiery Lady Jet Spikers’ finish to snare a 17-25, 25-20, 15-25, 26-24, 15-11 decision in the opener of their best-of-three series last Wednesday, moving them a win from finally nailing a Shakey’s V-League crown.
Air Force had two fourth place efforts as its best finish in the league where it all started, the last in 2014 Open before it took a leave of absence for two years to toughen up in various commercial leagues.
With a souped-up roster headed by former UST stalwart Judy Ann Caballejo, the Jet Spikers slugged it out with the best in the field and came out on top of the elims play before sweeping the Laoag Power Smashers in the Final Four to gain a first-ever crack at the championship in the league backed by Mikasa and Accel.
After turning back the highly-favored Lady Warriors in the title series opener, the Jet Spikers seek to finish off their rivals starting at 6:30 p.m. to be shown live over ABS-CBN Sports + Action Channel 23. The match can also be viewed live via streaming on www.v-league.ph, according to the organizing Sports Vision.
“It’s our fighting spirit that carried us through,” said Air Force coach Jasper Jimenez, who also took notice of his wards’ awesome form.
“Even if we had to go to a sixth or seventh set, I still think my players are fit and strong enough to play until the end,” said Jimenez.